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Posted on 09-23-2017

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We’re discussing hip pain the past few weeks on our social media channels.



A healthy hip joint consists of a smooth ball and socket joint as seen in the picture on the left. Limited hip range of motion will place excessive load on the hip joint. This excessive load on the joint often causes the bone to grow, over time. This is known as arthritis, as seen in the picture on the right. Arthritis destroys the soft tissue in the joint and can lead to dysfunction and pain over time. Your best defense against this is to have full range of motion of the hip.

The most common limitations of hip range of motion are: adhesion (scar tissue), a cam, pincer, or mixed hip malformation growth of excessive bone in the hip joint.

The altered range of motion or hip shape will increase the likelihood of osteoarthritis and labrum damage drastically.

Full range of motion is a very big deal!

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So we’ve discussed how excessive load on the hip joint can lead to arthritis and further soft tissue and joint damage over time. So what structures can be limited, thus causing increased hip joint load?

The picture on the left shows the adductor magnus, which is a large groin muscle that can often get overused and develop adhesion. Adhesion in this muscle will block hip flexion, thus increasing the load in the hip joint and lumbar spine.

The picture on the right shows the posterior hip ligament and capsule. This is a very important structure when it comes to hip flexion. Adhesion in the ligament and capsule area of the hip will block full hip range of motion. This will increase the chances of hip degeneration and arthritis.

This is a BIG deal.

Does your hip have full range of motion that’s pain free and easy to move? If not, you need an assessment.

The good news is that adhesion is reversible! Dr. Eric Lambert and Maggie Zick at Discover Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Clinic specialize at finding and fixing adhesions. Even if you are reading this and already have degeneration, arthritis, or a tear you can still see improvement in your function and pain. In fact, the majority of patients that we help have seen multiple providers and not received the care they need because adhesion is the most misdiagnosed condition. They both are certified to manually fix conditions from head to toe. Most of us know a lot of people with chronic pain that aren’t getting the help they need.  Call us at 616.956.1112 or click here to schedule an appointment.

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